Town Musicians of Bremen
A bronze statue depicting the Town Musicians of Bremen located in
Bremen, Germany. The statue was erected in 1951.The Town Musicians of
Bremen (German Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, also translated as the Bremen
Town Musicians) is a fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm.
In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, all mistreated by
their masters, leave them and meet in a desolate place. They decide to
go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners.
On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and
see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each
other's backs, they decide to perform for the men in hopes of gaining
food. Their 'music' has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their
lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take
possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.
Later that night, the thieves return and send one of their number in to
investigate. It is dark, and he sees the eyes of the cat shining in the
darkness. He reaches over to light his candle, thinking he sees the
coals of the fire. Things happen in quick succession; the cat swipes his
face with her claws, the donkey kicks him, the dog bites him, and the
rooster chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that
he was beset by monsters - a horrible witch who scratched him with her
long nails (the cat), a giant who clubbed him (the donkey), and worst of
all, a terrible demon who screamed in his ear. The thieves abandon the
cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals
live happily for the rest of their days.
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